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Clone Stamp Tool has Strange Behavior

Engaged ,
Jan 22, 2018 Jan 22, 2018

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Normally when using the clone stamp tool, after I select a source region on my image and begin to drag toward the target region, the source is painted into the target. However, on this startup of Photoshop, when I hold down the left mouse button, a white disc appears within my brush, and no 'painting' takes place. I have tried (a) resetting Photoshop tool settings, and (b) shutting down and restarting my iMacS High Sierra 10.13.2. Nothing helps.

any ideas appreciated as always,

jwc

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Engaged , Jan 26, 2018 Jan 26, 2018

Hello, Dave,

Forcing me actually to look at the layers panel ‘broke the code’ for me. I was trying to do the cloning within an adjustment. Reverting to the background panel cleared the ‘white disc' problem.\

Best,

jwc

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New Here , Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

Hi,

I have the same problem! i just found the problem!

Simply go to Window-Clone Source and untick INVERT (in the bottom right)

 

Jack

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New Here , Sep 20, 2020 Sep 20, 2020

I tried all of the above suggestions but discovered in the end that my layer order was the problem - I was trying to clone out something that was above the clone layer. On the upside, I learned a bit more about PS.

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New Here , Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

I had this problem today and was losing my mind.  I went through each solution, none of them worked.  I created a new image and found the clone tool worked.  I then compared the two images and noticed that the image where the clone tool didn't work was "locked" and was named Background double clicking on the padlock requested a name for a new layer (Layer 0) and once I had done that, the clone tool worked as expected, no more white disc...

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New Here , Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

I had the same issue - feathery white brush instead of the sampled pixels. I also noticed that my layer selection in the layer panel was red instead of usual bright gray. Turns out I had Quick Mask mode on (the button below the foreground/background color that looks like the Japanese flag if the Quick Mask is on or EU flag if it's off). Hope this helps!

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Community Expert ,
Sep 20, 2020 Sep 20, 2020

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I second what Dave said about remote access. And I would add to that to be careful even about giving Adobe remote access. If you happen to contact Adobe phone support, not all of the support people are knowledgable and I know of instances where they have wrecked havoc with customer computers using remote access. Remote access should be a last resort, and even then I'd advise making a backup of your computer before doing so.

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New Here ,
Jun 12, 2022 Jun 12, 2022

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I had this problem today and was losing my mind.  I went through each solution, none of them worked.  I created a new image and found the clone tool worked.  I then compared the two images and noticed that the image where the clone tool didn't work was "locked" and was named Background double clicking on the padlock requested a name for a new layer (Layer 0) and once I had done that, the clone tool worked as expected, no more white disc...

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Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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I had the same issue - feathery white brush instead of the sampled pixels. I also noticed that my layer selection in the layer panel was red instead of usual bright gray. Turns out I had Quick Mask mode on (the button below the foreground/background color that looks like the Japanese flag if the Quick Mask is on or EU flag if it's off). Hope this helps!

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Feb 17, 2023 Feb 17, 2023

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Hi @Tunnery Wharf thank you for sharing your solution! I love your descriptions of quick mask, will adopt them!

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